WBHS Counselor Connection & News

News & Info for the WBHS Community Feb 21, 2020

In this issue:

  • Winterfest Details

  • Brown Bag Lunch Series Topics for juniors and seniors:
  • Understanding your FAFSA EFC and Student Aid Report
  • Attending OCC this Fall? Next Steps Meeting
  • Attending Oakland University this Fall? Next Steps Meeting
  • Making your College List
  • Scholarships 101
  • College 101
  • College Essay Writing 101
  • Highly Selective College Search

  • Sailing Team Information
  • What are you doing this summer? Summer Opportunities List with links!
  • Student Yoga - Sign up now!
  • Career Readiness Expo
  • Skywarn System
  • REEX Summer Programs for rising 11th and 12th grade students
  • WBSD Innovation Extravaganza
  • Metro Detroit College Fair
  • Mrs. Essig's Top Picks - Articles of Interest

Scholarships -

(Please note - Scholarships are listed in two editions of this newsletter,

please check prior editions of the Counselor Connections for more!)

  • VIBE Credit Union Scholarship
  • Colleges That Change Lives Scholarship
  • Pontiac NPHC Book Scholarship
  • NPHC Scholarship List
  • Sparkling Ice Scholarship
  • Skilled Trade Scholarship Program
  • AAA School Safety Patrol Scholarship
  • 2020 Future Educator Scholarship
  • U of M MUSIC Matters Scholarship
  • 2020 Metro Bureau Scholarship
  • Oakland Community College Scholarship
  • Link to Scholarships

Check Twitter Daily for Additional Scholarships @WBHSCounseling #WBHSScholarships2020

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Winterfest Details

What is Winterfest?

Winterfest is a week-long competition between each class (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors) and the staff. There are challenges and games to determine who has the most spirit throughout the week. There are 18 different committees in the Student Leadership class who are bringing this amazing week to WBHS for the Battle of WB!

When is Winterfest 2020?

We are kicking off Winterfest with Snowco on Saturday, February 22 from 7:00-10:00pm at WBHS. Winterfest week continues from Monday, February 24-Friday, February 28. There will be a pep assembly in the gym on Friday, February 28 from 12:30pm until the end of the day. Stay until 3:45pm on Friday to watch the 3x3 basketball tournament!

Battle of WB

Points will be awarded for the challenges, games, dance tickets, and dress up days during Winterfest week. The point scale will be fixed for each event. Updates for points will be shared in the cafeteria, on Laker Update and on Twitter @WBHSLeadership. The class with the most amount of points at the end of a week will be awarded with a trophy.

Getting ready for Winterfest

● Snowco dance tickets are on sale outside of the cafeteria during all lunches through Friday, February, 21st. Tickets are $15 on Thursday and $20 on Friday. Half of all proceeds from Snowco will be donated back to your class council.

● Congratulations to our Snowco raffle ticket winners: Andrew Hill, Autumn Woods, Ife Martin, and Shanna Rochon. They each received a free Snowco ticket!

● Snowco guest contracts are available outside of room 300. Guest contracts must be turned in to the Student Relations Office and must be on file and approved BEFORE you are able to purchase a ticket for your guest.

● Winterfest Pep Assembly Games- Sign up to participate on the Winterfest Pep Assembly Games Form. The Pep Assembly Games Committee will send you a message through your student gmail if you are chosen to play in a game. The committee will then provide you with a wristband for the game-- you must wear this wristband in order to play the game. Please understand that signing up does not guarantee a spot in a game.

● WB Survivors- Thank you to everyone for your WB Survivor nominations. Cheer on these competitors as they battle against each other in random challenges every day to "survive" throughout the week. The winning team will be awarded points for their class.

Class of 2020- Grace Yaldoo and Jordan Brown

Class of 2021- Andrew Ingber and Gretchen Dickenson

Class of 2022- Gavin Yaldo and Cara Hartley

Class of 2023 - Lexie Lafata and Carter Martin

Staff- Ms. Tobias and Mr. Landon

● Class Banners & Window Painting – Join your class after school on Friday, February 21 from 2:10-4:15pm outside of the iCenter. Students will paint a class banner and a class window that best represents the class and this year’s theme. Sign up on the Class Banners and Window Painting Form to help out in this fun event!

● Winterfest Spirit Court Voting- Check your student gmail and vote for the most spirited students in your grade. Winterfest Week

● Dress Up days will be held Monday – Friday. Staff who are dressed up will earn the staff double points! On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday we will count participants during 4th hour.

● Daily Donations- Bring in new and used clothing and money to donate and get points towards your class for Winterfest! Drop off your clothing in the atrium in the morning before school or bring your items to room 300. Coins will be collected in your 4th hour class.

● Daily Giveaways- Students will be stationed in the atrium before class (6:45-7:05am) to pass out fun gifts for the dress up days. Giveaways are limited, so arrive early!

● Lunchtime Games-Students and staff will represent their team during each lunch every day in the cafeteria.

● WB Survivor- This is a competition that is composed of a different 4-8 minute daily challenge where two representatives from each class (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and staff) will be ranked on a point system based on their performance in each event. One class will be eliminated each day until one team remains. Follow @WBHS_Survivor1 to find out more about the challenges and watch replays of the games.

● Winterfest Wishes- Wishes will be granted this week! Please note that due to an overwhelming response not all wishes may be granted.

Saturday, February 22

  • Snowco is from 7:00pm – 10:00pm in the cafeteria. You will need to enter through the atrium. The doors close promptly at 8:30pm.
  • Please bring your student ID and dance ticket to the dance.
  • Bags will not be allowed at the dance.
  • Please bring some extra cash. The junior class will have snacks available for sale in Laker Commons.
  • Cocktail attire, no denim.

Monday, February 24

Dress Up Day: Tribute to Kobe Bryant Day- Wear purple/yellow or the numbers 24/8 or any Kobe Bryant gear.

Tuesday, February 25

Dress Up Day: Regions Day

  • Freshmen- Fun in the Sun (tropical, floral, sunglasses)
  • Sophomores-Winter Wonderland (winter gear, hats, scarfs/boots)
  • Juniors- Life in the City (dress to impress)
  • Seniors- Wild Wild West (flannels, cowboy/girl boots, hats)
  • Staff- Choose any region

Wednesday, February 26

Dress Up Day: Twin Day - Find a friend and match up your clothing with items that are identical.

Thursday, February 27

Dress Up Day: Laker Pride Day - Laker gear, green & white; seniors wear togas

Friday, February 28

Dress Up Day: Class Color Day

  • Freshmen- yellow
  • Sophomores- red
  • Juniors- blue
  • Seniors- black
  • Staff- Staff Shirts

● Pep Assembly is at 12:30pm in the WBHS gym

● Special Event- Stay after school and watch each grade and the staff compete in a 3x3 basketball tournament until 3:45pm.

Monday, March 2

Dress Up Day: The fun continues after Winterfest with Dress Like It’s a Snow Day – Wear your pajamas or your favorite onesie.


11th/12th Grade Students - Announcing the 2020 Spring Brown Bag Lunch Series! Please take a minute to look over the attached document to learn how to join us for a discussion on a variety of college related topics.

Click on the link to register:

WBHS Spring 2020 Brown Bag Lunch Series.pdf

Seniors Admitted to Oakland University

Ruthie Paula, Admissions Rep for Oakland University, will be on hand to meet with admitted students to help them get registered for Orientation, Housing, and explain how to understand their financial aid package! If you've been admitted to OU and are wondering what to do next.... join us!

March 16th at 11:24

Click here to register! - https://forms.gle/KYCWbe4YMtiCHRTu5

P.S. If you haven't applied to OU, but are still interested, you may join us as well!

Seniors Planning to Attend OCC in the Fall.... Information Session

Attending OCC in the fall? Have you filled out the application but aren't sure what to do next? Join us for a meeting with an OCC rep who will walk you through the next steps!

Wednesday, April 8th at 9:00 a.m. in the College and Career Center.

Click here to register - https://forms.gle/oM9mMrncADa91usC8

Seniors - Get that FAFSA submitted! Don't miss out on money for college!

Seniors - Have you submitted your FAFSA? Get your FAFSA submitted by March 1st or you might miss out on aid programs. Students must have their 2020-21 FAFSA submitted by March 1, 2020 to be considered for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship and the Michigan Tuition Grant.

Student Yoga - Sign up now!

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Sailing Team- Check it out!

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University of Alabama College Visit to WBHS

Join us for a visit with the University of Alabama college rep on March 4th at 8:30 a.m in the College and Career Center. Click here to sign up!


Career Readiness Family Expo

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Fee Waiver Information for ACT/SAT Tests

If you qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch, you may be eligible for waivers for the SAT and ACT.

Please see your counselor or Mrs. Essig to learn more!

What are you doing this summer? Check out this amazing list of opportunities! Programs fill up fast and pay attention to deadlines.

Mrs. Essig has updated our Summer Program list and links to websites. Take a look at this list and make your summer meaningful! There is something for everyone!


Skywarn System

Learn more about the Skywarn System - Go to www.oakgov.com/homelandsecurity and click on the Skywarn carrousel. Then click on Skywarn logo. This will take you to the registration system. Click on “Citizen Register for Services,” which is located on left side of page; select “SKYWARN” from the services list; select the event you will attend (by location, date, and time); fill out all information (*); Print a receipt and then log-out.

*** Please note - If you have questions please contact Oakland Gov Homeland Security and not WBHS. We are sharing this for informational purposes only.

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REEX Summer Programs

The Real Estate Executive Council (REEC) is excited to announce its latest partnership with LEADership, Education and Development (LEAD) in connection with REEC’s Real Estate Exchange (REEX) Summer Programs. The online application to apply for our 2020 REEX Summer Business Institutes is AVAILABLE NOW. Don't hesitate. The deadline is March 1st!

The REEX Summer Programs are open to students that will be rising juniors and seniors this summer. Interested students can find out more information at www.leadprogram.org and can apply directly online at https://lead.fluidreview.com/. REEX's mission is to increase the number of students from underrepresented communities interested in real estate.

If you're not familiar with REEX Summer Programs, here are a few facts:

  • In Summer 2020, REEX Summer Business Institute Programs will be at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA), Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL), and University of Miami (Miami, FL).
  • REEX's Summer Institutes are 12-day residential, immersion experience on one of our campuses with instructional courses, activities, and site visits.
  • Scholars will participate in the LEADing for Life Challenge, which requires them to work in teams to create and pitch a product or project that provides social impact in the real estate industry.
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WBSD Innovation Extravaganza

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Metro Detroit College Fair in Novi - NOTICE NEW DATE!!!!!!

There’s a new date for the Metro Detroit College Fair!

Mark your calendars for:

Metro Detroit National College Fair

Monday, April 27, 2020

8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Suburban Collection Showplace

Novi, Michigan

Students should click here to register.

Mrs. Essig's Top Picks

Click on the links below to read the "top pick" articles of interest for this week.

SCHOLARSHIPS - Where to look

Please note that Ms. Essig posts all scholarship information on our Twitter account. You do not have to have a Twitter account to read the posts. We post opportunities in the newsletter twice and then remove them. Please follow the Twitter page for the most up-to-date opportunities!


Look for #WBHSScholarships2020.

How do I find scholarships?

1. Apply for Financial Aid after October 1st. www.FAFSA.gov

2. Check with each college in which you are applying for merit based scholarships and deadlines.

3. Check for memorial and alumni scholarship opportunities at each college in which you may qualify.

4. Check with student’s/parent’s employer, banks/credit union, religious & civic affiliations, etc. for scholarships.

5. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/WBHSCounseling Click on the hashtag #WBHSScholarships2020.

6. Read the Counselor Connection

7. Conduct a search by using a national search engine, such as www.fastweb.com, www.scholarships.com, www.myscholly.com, etc. Be sure to create an email address just for these searches as students will receive a lot of email. There is no need to pay money for these services! Watch for scams!

8. Check Careeronestop: https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/training/find-scholarships.aspx

9. Beginning Class of 2020,College Board Opportunity Scholarships. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/

10. For more information: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships#how-find

11. Remember it takes work to receive most scholarships! You won't know if you don't try!

MI Student Aid Scholarship Search Tool

Searching for scholarships can seem like a daunting task since there are so many scholarships out there, but we're here to help! Our scholarship search tool is easy to use, just pick the county you live in and get a list of scholarships! https://bit.ly/2SIlkKr

Skilled Trades Scholarship

Scholarship opportunities for students who are interested in pursuing a career as a machinist, mechanic, welder, electrician, plumber or other advanced technology trades. The application deadline is 2/28/20. #WBHSScholarships2020


Oakland Community College Scholarship Opportunity

Want Free College Tuition? Apply Now!

Oakland Community College is pleased to offer 100 non-competitive scholarships to Oakland County’s high school graduates that will pay for the first year of a student’s degree. At $3,500, the Chancellor’s Scholarship is OCC’s largest and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis to all that qualify. To view details and important deadlines, please visit our webpage at https://oaklandcc.academicworks.com/opportunities/2053.

NPHC Scholarship Information

Click on the link below to learn about the scholarships offered by NPHC.

Pontiac NPHC Book Scholarship

The Pontiac NPHC will be presenting two $200 book scholarships to deserving high school

graduating seniors. The scholarship will be awarded at the Youth Expo on March 14, 2020.


 African American High School graduating senior.

 Applicant must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or above.

 Participants must be entering into their freshman year at an accredited 4 year college or

university during the 2020-2021 academic year.

 Copies of official High school transcript(s) are required and must be included with the


 Copy of college acceptance letter.

 Funds will be distributed after receipt of registration in the Fall of 2020.

 Application must be signed and dated.

 All application must be received in its entirety and mailed to NPHC Pontiac, Box 431044,

Pontiac, MI 48343 no later than February 28, 2020.

Vibe Credit Union - FU$E Scholarship Program

At Vibe Credit Union, we are pleased to announce that we are awarding ten deserving students $1,500 towards the school of their choice.

The FU$E Scholarship Program is designed for members graduating high school and pursuing an education at a university, college, or technical school.

The Scholarship entry deadline is April 1, 2020.

Scholarship requirements:

  • Be a 2020 graduating high school senior
  • Be a member in good standing (no required length of time)
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Submit volunteer hours, most recent high school transcript, and proof of acceptance to a university, college, or technical school
  • Submit a 250-word essay during the application process.

2020 Essay Question: "What do you expect to gain from earning a degree/certificate at a university, college or technical school?"

Please share with all graduating seniors and encourage them to apply.

2020 Metro Bureau Scholarship Application

Here is the application for the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies Inc. Annual Scholarship Award. Interested students in your district can complete and submit this application electronically. The form can be printed and copied as necessary to meet your needs. The application can also be downloaded at www.metrobureau.org.

Applications must be submitted or postmarked by February 28, 2020.

To be eligible students must:

a. Be a graduating senior from a high school of a Metro Bureau member school district.

b. Intend to enroll at one of the following Metro Bureau Member Colleges/Universities:

Ø Oakland University

Ø Wayne County Community College District

Ø Wayne State University

Submit a TYPED application – only complete, typed applications will be considered.

Scholarship award amount will be $1,000.00. A matching amount may be made by the college/university for those students entering the field of education. Recipients will be required to provide proof of acceptance at one of the institutions listed above.

Successful scholarship recipients will receive their scholarship award in their local school district this spring.

It will expedite the process if you fax (313-577-8278) the completed application to the Metro Bureau and follow-up by mailing the application to us at 391 College of Education, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48202.

Colleges That Change Lives Scholarship

CTCL Scholarship Application

If you are attending one of the CTCL colleges, check out this scholarship! (Ex. Wooster, Hillsdale, Hope, K-Zoo, Wheaton) #WBHSScholarships2020 https://ctcl.org/scholarship-application/

The Colleges That Change Lives Scholarship was established in 2016 to honor the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Loren Pope’s classic book and the 10th anniversary of the non-profit organization, Colleges That Change Lives.

Since first appearing in 1996, four versions of Colleges That Change Lives have been published, each update offering valuable insights about the college search, as well as profiles of 40 small, residential, liberal arts schools that deliver a quality education to thousands of students each year. The non-profit College That Change Lives organization is dedicated to preserving and promoting the book’s message, and this scholarship is yet another way to ensure that the CTCL experience becomes a reality for even more students. In 2020, CTCL Scholarships of $1,000/year (renewable for up to four years) will be awarded.

New first-year students, including international students and undocumented students, who intend to attend a CTCL-member college or university are eligible to apply for the CTCL scholarship. Recipients are selected by the CTCL Board of Directors based on the merits of the application; financial need may be taken into consideration.

To apply for the CTCL Scholarship, complete the following two parts of the application.
Part 1: Submit the online CTCL scholarship application before 11:59 p.m. (EDT), March 25, 2020.
Part 2: Email the following two items to scholarships@ctcl.org with your name in the subject line before 11:59 PM (EDT), April 7, 2020:

  • at least one copy of an admission letter from a CTCL-member school
  • a copy of Page 1 of your Student Aid Report from the FAFSA (see example)

All student applicants will be notified about the results by email on April 21. Read about the latest winners of the CTCL Scholarship.

Questions? Please contact Executive Director Maria Furtado with questions (727.465.8005).

Sparkling Ice Scholarship

Do you know a student who is not afraid to be themselves? We are looking for fun and unique candidates for our Flavorful Futures Scholarship. Sparkling Ice® is awarding FIVE $5,000 scholarships to eligible high school seniors who are planning their bright and colorful futures. If this sounds like one of your students, tell them to apply today!

The deadline is approaching soon! Applications are due by February 15, 2020 and winners will be announced in Spring 2020. Apply now at https://go.pardot.com/e/120702/2020-02-03/d466zb/548823151?h=WJspEY-jd_QERrQTLDKYDHgn9wF35AP977kx-FEUvd8.

General Requirements
Visit sparklingice.com/scholarship for full list of requirements.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States.
  • Must be a high school senior graduating between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020.
  • Must have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale (high school/home school seniors).

Skilled Trade Scholarship Program

The SET SEG Foundation is excited to announce our new Skilled Trade Scholarship program. The scholarship opportunity is available to Michigan public high school seniors who have participated in a career and technical education program and are enrolled in, or planning to enroll in, an accredited two-year college, technical school or other accredited technical institute within the next 12 months.

Who is Eligible: High school seniors attending a Michigan public school, who are enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited two-year college, technical school or other accredited technical institute within the next 12 months. Scholarship Amount: Students will receive a $500 scholarship.

Application Deadline: March 29, 2020 How to Apply: Students must complete the application available here.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or the scholarship, please contact Lisa Truscott at (517) 816-1616 or via email at ltruscott@setseg.org.

AAA School Safety Patrol Scholarship Program

Were you a safety patrol? AAA Michigan is pleased to announce the 25th annual AAA School Safety Patrol Scholarship Program. Seniors check your Google Classroom for the application. DUE to the Counseling Office by MARCH 20, 20 by 2:03 p.m.

2020 Future Educator Scholarship

Interested in becoming an educator? Check this out! Phi Delta Kappa Chapter announces 2020 Future Educator Scholarship. Applications are available on our website at http://pdkmi.org The application deadline is March 1, 2020.
Students looking for a job? Click here!

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Important Contacts

WBHS Counseling Department

A-CU Kelly Casinelli


CV-HA Joanne Wegrzynowicz


HB-LO Karen Brody


LP-PO Felicia Neumann


PR-TE Lisa Thompkins


TF-Z John Hepper


College & Career Counselor Noelle Essig


Administrative Staff

Mr. Pat Watson, Principal


Ashleigh Larkin, Assistant Principal


Eric Pace, Assistant Principal


Eric Pierce, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director


Jamie Glinz, Assistant Principal




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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Text - HELLO to 741741